Bone may be one of the toughest materials in the human body, but a hefty collision or sickness can lead it to crack, snap and even waste away.
Now researchers in the US are hoping to mend broken and damaged bones using 3D-printed implants which encourage the bones to heal themselves.
In a breakthrough study, the team has revealed a man-made material which acts as scaffold for the patient’s own bone.
This has been shown to repair injuries in mice and monkeys.
Developed by a team in Chicago, the researchers say it could lead to low-cost implants for patients with bone cancers, spinal injuries, and even for reconstructive facial surgeries.